GTA 5 Rumours: Sorting Fact From Fiction
Now that GTA 5 has been officially revealed, the internet is buzzing with questions surrounding Rockstar’s game. We’ve taken some time to dig around in search of answers to some of the questions you might have, and compiled them all here for your pleasure.
GTA 5 is set in Los Santos
Fact: To be fair, at first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that GTA 5 is a trip back to San Andreas, except Rockstar Games has officially stated that the game will not feature the entire state.
In a press release issued after the reveal trailer broke cover, Rockstar Games said that, “Grand Theft Auto V heads to the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches in the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created.”
But then again, Rockstar plays its cars close to its chest, so perhaps we’ll see Las Venturas and San Fierro revealed at a later date.
GTA 5 is set in the present day
Fact: It is indeed set in the here and now; in an America that is plagued by the recession and economic turmoil. The five-dollar motif on the ‘V’ in the GTA 5 logo hints at money, and there are scenes in the trailer that show homeless people, and homes being sold off.
Plus, Rockstar’s official GTA 5 press release states, “Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present day Southern California.” Simple.
GTA 5 is coming out in 2012
Rumour: This is a tricky one, as countless industry analysts have been throwing their own predicted dates into the ring, making the whole release date issue a tad blurry. While the analysts agree that 2012 is the release year, the actual month varies depending on which one you listen to.
May, July and November have all been touted, but there are possible hints in the trailer. In the scene that shows a house being sold, you can see the words ‘For Sale’ on a sign, and right below it, the house number ‘2405’, or 24 May 2012.
24 May is the same day that the song in the trailer, ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake’ by Small Faces was originally released in 1968. Is this just coincidence, or a clever piece of subliminal messaging by Rockstar?
The song in the trailer is called Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
Fact: It is indeed called ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, and it’s by the ‘60s prog rock band Small Faces. The band came from London, and is widely championed in influencing the Brit pop movement of the ‘90s. The song in the GTA 5 trailer is actually the title track off concept album, ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake’. It’s a great song, and is on iTunes now.
GTA 5 will launch on PS3, Xbox 360
Rumour: Nothing has been confirmed so far, although if GTA 5 is out next year, then it’s a safe bet that the game will appear on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Given the quality of the trailer, it appears that PC will be a launch format, rather than a postponed release six months down the line, but this remains to be seen.
GTA 5 will launch on PC
Rumour: Again, the visual quality of the trailer suggests that GTA will launch on PC, or use the format as its lead platform. However, Rockstar has yet to announce any platforms for the game.
However, an anonymous 4chan forum member stated that they have seen the game running on PC, and explained that, “PC comes out on launch and is being ported by [Rockstar] Leeds. From what they’ve shown us, it is optimised much better than GTA IV.” Rockstar is yet to confirm or deny.
GTA 5 will release on Wii U
Rumour: Rockstar has also been quoted saying it is very keen on the Wii U format too, although a release on Nintendo’s format remains to be seen. If GTA 5 does launch on Wii U however, it could be a massive jump-start for the console.
GTA 5 will revolve around money
Rumour: The five-dollar motif on the ‘V’ in the GTA 5 logo is a dead giveaway, but rumours are currently flying around about a massive drug trade in San Andreas. Several groups will allegedly fight for the stash throughout the game, and will stop at nothing to claim it. If true, this could make for a great plot.
GTA 5 will feature corrupt bankers and solicitors
Rumour: In February 2011, Rockstar was rumoured to have registered several parody domain names that link into business in the game word. Many of the fake businesses related to banking and solicitors, such as Carolinabrokers.com and myrtlebeachattorney.com and although this is a rumour, there seems to be some kind of connection here.
GTA 5 will feature daft business names
Fact: Throughout the GTA 5 reveal trailer, you can see plenty of silly business names, such as jet-ski rental service SpeedoPhile, building company STD Contractors, the Mile High Club skyscraper complex, Pump & Run Gymnasiums and more. We’re secretly hoping that Tw@ internet cafes will make a comeback.
GTA 5’s main character is in the trailer
Fact: It’s hard to tell who he is right now, but the GTA 5 trailer does feature a prominent voice over, and a character who appears a few times throughout. He is white, middle aged with black hair and wearing a suit.
He explains that he wanted to move to Los Santos to “Retire from what I was doing. That line of work”, and to “Be a good guy for once; a family man. So I bought a big house, and came here. Thought I’d be a dad like all the other dads, and my kids, would be like the kids on TV.”
But we then see him jumping out of the back of an exterminator van, wearing a boiler suit and gas mask while robbing a bank, which suggest he’s found it hard to break away from his past life.
Tommy Vercetti isn’t in GTA 5
Rumour: We’ve seen a lot of people theorising that the man with dark hair in the GTA 5 trailer is Tommy Vercetti from Vice City. However, casting agent to Vercetti voice actor Ray Liotta debunked the actor’s involvement in the game.
Our argument: If you’re going to cast Vercetti, why not get Liotta, and why would the actor turn down starring in one of the biggest games of the generation? It just doesn’t add up. But, could the man in the trailer be Claude?
GTA 5 will feature three playable characters
Rumour: During a supposed GTA 5 casting call, three characters on the cast list featured bios that were much more detailed than the rest, suggesting that they will be playable. Their names were Simon, Albert and Kevin De Silva, and they are three brothers.
GTA 5 will feature multiple endings and moral choices
Rumour: Another rumour that seems to be popping up a lot online is that GTA 5 will feature more moral decisions such as choosing to kill or ally with Playboy X in GTA IV. There is also a rumoured four endings – two good, two bad – that will be achieved by making certain choices throughout the plot.
GTA 5 will feature multiplayer
Fact: It does indeed. In fact, Rockstar itself confirmed GTA 5 multiplayer in an official press release that called the game, “A bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer.”
No specific details surrounding multiplayer modes have been revealed just yet, but should Rockstar follow the Red Dead Redemption format, the results could be rather special. Cops n’ Robbers mode would also be superb.
The hottest rumour going around about multiplayer at the moment suggests that GTA 5 will support 32-player multiplayer for consoles and 64-players on PC, complete with dedicated servers.
GTA 5 will feature co-op
Rumour: as with most games these days, co-op is being heavily rumoured at the moment without a single shred of evidence. If true, will this mean co-op for the whole plot, or a self-contained story arc? Throw us a bone Rockstar.
GTA 5 will feature planes, choppers and jet skis
Fact: Yep, they’re all in the trailer, and we’re really hoping that we can commandeer and pilot them whenever we want. Oh and a flight back to Liberty City would be an incredible nod to the original San Andreas.
GTA 5 will use L.A. Noire’s MotionScan Technology
Fiction: We interviewed Team Bondi’s Brendan McNamara back in July 2011, and he believed that Rockstar Games was considering using the studio’s tech, but expressed doubt by saying, “Grand Theft Auto is incredibly huge, so you’ve got all the problems of how big the cast would be and how many lines you would have to record.”
However, Rockstar has since mentioned that MotionScan is unnecessary for GTA 5. Convincing faces were central to L.A. Noire’s interrogation mechanic, so it made sense to use the technology, while realistic facial mo-cap isn’t required in GTA 5 from a gameplay perspective. Using MotionScan just for the sake of it seems time-consuming and costly to us.
GTA 5 will feature hookers
Fact: They’re in the trailer, seen approaching a parked car to ask for work. But then again, this one was always going to happen wasn’t it?
GTA 5 will feature returning characters
Rumour: This rumour stems from a scene at the end of GTA IV expansion The Ballad of Gay Tony, in which Patrick “Packie” McCrery is seen stepping out of a taxi and entering Francis International Airport, suggesting that there is more to his story to come.
GTA 5 will feature Mt. Chiliad and the countryside
Fact: Again, they’re in the trailer, and they are looking absolutely brilliant. The countryside clip shows a field of farm hands tending to some crops, while a crop dusting plane zooms overhead, spraying the area with gas.
Mt. Chilead can be seen as a trio of hikers approach the base. The sight of the mountain the background is astounding, and sets a visual precedent for the GTA series so far. The question remains; can you base-jump off the crest?
GTA 5 will feature gang turf wars
Rumour: This is a fairly new rumour, suggesting that gang turf wars are back and will include several outfits, including the 57th Ballas and the Eastside Azteca gang. Each gang allegedly has its own graffiti tags, and word is you can even create your own designs to spray around at will.
The military will return in GTA 5
Rumour: The painful six-star wanted level is rumoured to return in GTA 5, and this time it will see you hounded by the military. In GTA 5 however, they are supposedly referred to as ‘National Guard’.